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Published November 27th 2016
Grab your dancing shoes - there's a Cuban kid on the block
Adelaide has gone through so many changes in the last year and a significant feature that we've seen grow is the ever expanding bar scene in the CBD. What's even better is the level of versatility and diversity that has been incorporated to represent the multicultural scene of Adelaide.
The latest to join the family is a tiny, tiny bar that is hidden away in a little lane that resides between Rundle Mall and Grenfell Street. While it may be a maze to get to this bar, it is so worth getting lost for.
Unique in its kind, Havana Club is the first Cuban-inspired bar that is nestled within the Propaganda Club complex. You walk downstairs, through the sophisticated setting of Propaganda Club, followed by another set of stairs, at the top of which resides Havana Lane // Club.
The decor of this space is Latino-inspired, decorated with fresh pastel colours of pink, blue, yellow, and green. The striking feature of the bar is the mural of Che Guevara, which is situated at the centre of the laneway and encapsulates the characteristic of this small but interesting space. The pallets and wooden panels that are used as the 'walls' provide guests with a socialising vibe and reflect the sunshine to paint the laneway with the most vibrant and summer-friendly colours. Palm trees further provide guests with the feel of being at the Miami coastline, which is brought to luscious life through the sunshine bouncing off it.
When the sunset kicks in, the colours are given a warm glow through the colourful fairy lights and the subtle incense sticks that are nestled at the entrance of the Bar area.
What looks like a slice of tropical paradise during the day transforms into what can only be described as "Miami by night". There is no way you won't be compelled to dance, with enticing Cuban tunes mixed with the latest on the trending charts of music.
Jessie Gorski & myself at the launch event of Havana Club
Of course, you need intoxicating drinks to complement and/or act as liquid courage for your dance moves. There are two drinks that we tried - the Cucumber Mojito and the Cuban Ginger, or what has just been renamed as The Castro. Both subtle in their alcoholic qualities, but both delicious and refreshing for the Australian summer heat.
The bar is stocked up with these two rum-based cocktails, along with varieties of beer, wine, and basic spirits. But here's where it gets as Cuban as possible - The Propaganda Club will be stocking on cigars that can complete your attire and make you ready to enjoy Havana Club in true Cuban fashion!
While Havana Club will primarily be operating after sunset, there are talks of extending their hours to accommodate people at an earlier schedule. With summer slowly but surely kicking in, we can look forward to more warm, fun-filled nights at Adelaide's latest laneway bar that has already completed two weeks of successful trade.